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Raggedy Ann Stories (Original Illustrations) [Kindle Edition]

Johnny Gruelle , Kristen Bancroft
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The classic stories of dolls that come alive when the "real people" aren't looking. Raggedy Ann rides a kite and rescues the family dog from the dog-catcher. The doll family raids the pantry and learns about kindness.

Johnny Gruelle's beautiful illustrations add magic to the heart-warming stories that have delighted generations of children.

This version has been edited to make it more accessible to modern children; some racist material has been cut. It has also been formatted for the Kindle with larger versions of Gruelle's illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Raggedy Ann has been entertaining and charming young readers ever since the first book created by Johnny Gruelle in 1918 chronicled the adventures of the mischievous rag doll and her delightful toy friends. Gruelle's inspiration was a real doll?a doll made for his mother by his grandmother and then much loved by his daughter Marcella. Raggedy Ann Stories, Gruelle's first collection of tales, was soon followed by books that introduced Raggedy Andy and the fairyland called the Deep, Deep Woods.
In this edition of The Raggedy Ann Stories, which contains the best original tales and artwork, you'll meet the rag doll's toy friends, as well as Fido the dog and Marcella, the little girl in whose house there is a special room where Raggedy Ann and all the other dolls live. Often, by the end of a story, after an exciting adventure or, perhaps, a wonderful journey, Raggedy Ann and her friends have learned a small but valuable lesson of life.
From the days of her discovery by the real Marcella, the little rag doll with the red-yarn hair has inspired timeless tales and colorful pictures and has stirred the imaginations of millions of young readers all over the world.

About the Author

Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938), the much-loved creator of the brother and sister rag dolls Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, started his career as a newspaper cartoonist. By beating out fifteen hundred entrants in a comic-drawing contest sponsored by the New York Herald, he earned a two-thousand-dollar prize and an extended contract to provide a weekly installment of his cartoon "Mr. Twee Deedle." In addition to designing the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, he soon began writing and illustrating make-believe tales and adventure stories for children. His love of the unknown and his fascination with science and outer space helped inspire The Magical Land of Noom.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2770 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RP51O6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative stories, beautiful drawings December 12, 1999
Raggedy Ann Stories, is a lovely book, appropriate for bedtime stories or independent readers (7years+?). The stories are sweet and describe a smart, kind, and generous rag doll who comes to life with other dolls when the owner is not in the nursery. The language is rich with description, more formal and complex than many of today's children's "disney" screen summaries. The original drawings by Gruelle are bright and gorgeous (Don't get the newer version!). My daughters can't wait to hear one or two stories at bedtime and read it on their own as well.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories Brought to Life March 19, 2002
Oh, how this book brought back memories of my childhood. I used to set my Raggedy Ann doll and her friends out at night so they could wake up when I fell to sleep. This way they could go on with their adventures. If Raggedy Ann had slumped over in the morning and not in the upright position I had put her in the night before, I just knew she had bee up and about the night before. She had just not gotten back into the same position I had put her in when I went to bed.
This is a glorious book for children and their imaginations. I recommend it highly - maybe even for adults.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Taking the reader back to a gentler day when children played in nurseries with rag dolls, this book delivers nothing but charm. Each chapter brings new adventures of the kind-hearted nursery doll Raggedy Ann. The stories are easy to read and capture the reader's imagination from the very start. A variety of lovable characters teach sound lessons with refreshing splashes of humor throughout. Although Johnny Gruelle's books are treasured for their collectors value alone, many (including yours truly) value the Raggedy Ann books purely for the joy and memories they impart. Introduce Raggedy Ann to your special little one or savor for yourself the taste of yesterday... either way, don't miss your chance to own a timeless treasure
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlimited Stars for imagination value July 18, 2004
When my daughter was 3, I started reading these Raggedy Ann stories to her from the original book I had as a child. She so loved them I added Raggedy Andy Stories (new) and Stories from the Deep Dark Woods (also my own) to her nightly reading list. Yes, the stories are sweet and moralistic, and the original drawings are beautiful and full of sentimental memories, but what constantly astounds me is the way she has transferred these stories into so many aspects of her daily imaginative play. Did you know that dolls & toys really DO talk and move when she is away? And when one is on the floor in the morning, it is because it just didn't quite make it back on her bed in time. Hours are spent getting them positioned in vignettes where they can be happy and productive while she is at school. Even now that she is older and reads the books on her own, that belief is as strongly rooted as Santa. Any book that can inspire that level and quality of imaginary play not only is NOT old fashioned and outdated, but more timely than many publication out there today. And although she still adores Fairy Tales and many other fantasy related stories, these books are not fantasy to her. No other stories we have read have drawn out that level of continued imaginative interaction.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I personally think these books have the right mix of fantasy, adventure, and misguided characters (that become redirected into good characters) to hold the interest of younger elementary aged children. The morals are blantant but why not for young children? My mother just gave me back my large collection that I received 35 years ago. I thought my rough & tumble boys (6 & 8)would cringe at the sight of them as they do anything "Barbie" or the like. To my surprise, they love the stories and my 8-yr. old son stays up too late reading he does with Harry Potter. It warms my heart to see how interested they are in them. I think they are sweet books with a good message.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you believe in GOOD literature for children... October 10, 2005
By Gen
...then do your family the favor of buying and reading this book. The language is beautiful (especially compared to the garbage I see in so many children's books) and classic, but not dated. Oh, and my six year old girl and three year old boy are both rivetted when I read from this wonderful book. I would recommend you add it to your permanent collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to hear the stories March 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
These are well produced/read versions of the classic stories. A bit "old" for my 2 year olds, as it didn't hold their intrest as well as some others we have purchased. (Hence the 4 starts) I'd say it's a 5 star for older kids who may be familiar with the stories already.

NOTE: the age of the stories and the "mind set" from the time they were written may offend some, they are not the "Politically Correct" stories of today; can been seen as slightly racist, as are many stories from that time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet stories, sweetly narrated May 31, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My daughters, 5 and 3, enjoy listening to this CD of Raggedy Ann Stories, mostly on nights where they are too wound up and need a little more than their usual bedtime routine. The narrator has a pleasant, soothing voice that sounds like she could be Marcella's grandmother. The sweet and simple stories share values and lessons learned by the adventures of Raggedy Ann and her other dollie friends. This CD has inspired my 5 year old to pick out the classic Raggedy Ann books for read alouds. When asked what was her favorite story off of the CD, my daughter said, "They're all cute, but I like the one where Raggedy Ann helps hatch the baby chicks". We have both the audio Tapes (Raggedy Ann & Andy Stories) and this unabridged CD, and I prefer the CD's narrator.
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